Speakers

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is an entrepeneur, technologist, investor and impact leader.

Shiza Shahid

Founder, NowVentures
Co-Founder & Founding CEO, Malala Fund

Shiza is a renowned for her work, receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator.

Justin Wolff

Justin Wolff is Chief Giving Officer and acts as brand ambassador of all things Give at Yoobi.

Justin Wolff

Chief Giving Officer at Yoobi

Justin oversees Yoobi’s buy one, give one program, develops strategic partnerships, and ensures that donated supplies make their way to the kids that need them most, right here in the US. He has been featured in Forbes, The Good Trade, USA Today, and AllBusiness.

Warren Riley

Warren Riley is President of NPO Solutions and author of The Resource Development Systems.

Warren Riley

President of NPO Solutions

Warren has served as a strategic planning expert for more than two decades. His book, The Resource Development System, has transformed hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country. As a leader and entrepreneur, Warren works with visionary executive directors and boards of directors seeking to build capacity within their organizations to advance their missions.

Lauryn Nwankpa

Lauryn Nwankpa is the Head of Social Impact at Headspace, Inc.

Lauryn Nwankpa

Head of Social Impact at Headspace

As the head of social, Lauryn implements strategic, sustainable and measurable initiatives that ensure Headspace is accessible, relevant and affordable to all. Lauryn holds a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California

Saeed H. Mirfattah, M.A., CPCC

Saeed H. Mirfattah is Senior Consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications.

Saeed H. Mirfattah, M.A., CPCC

Organizational Development Consultant and Executive Coach

Saeed brings over 30 years of leadership experience in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors as an organizational development practitioner. He is currently a Senior Consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications, a social impact consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area leading practice areas in leadership development, skill-building workshops and executive coaching.

Thomas E. Backer, PhD

Thomas E. Backer, PhD is Senior Research Fellow, CSUN, and Executive Director of CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources

Thomas E. Backer, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, California State University Northridge and Executive Director of CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources

Thomas E. Backer, PhD, author of more than 500 books, is Senior Research Fellow, California State University Northridge, and Executive Director of CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources. His PhD in psychology is from UCLA, where he also is Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at UCLA Medical School.

Nir Yaniv

Nir Yaniv is Senior Director of Media Verticals for wix.com.

Nir Yaniv

Senior Director of Media Verticals for wix.com

Nir Yaniv is Senior Director of Media Verticals for wix.com, originally being the company's very first software developer. He is also an active filmmaker and musician.

Dawn Smith-Camacho

Director at Whole Life Solutions, Speaker on Navigating Major Change

Dawn Smith-Camacho

Director at Whole Life Solutions, Speaker on Navigating Major Change

Dawn Smith-Camacho uses her research on decision-making and how humans navigate major change to offer coaching for professionals at a turning point, and talks on living fiercely with greater purpose, efficiency, and clarity. She has spoken at conferences, panels, and events on both coasts with clients including Oracle, LAPD, UCLA, USC, the City of Los Angeles, and UNICEF.

Sylvia Melena

Sylvia Melena is the Founder & CEO of Melena Consulting Group.

Sylvia Melena

Founder & CEO, Melena Consulting Group

Sylvia’s company helps businesses and organizations strengthen their leadership and management capabilities, create great workplaces, and improve performance. Her debut leadership book, Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance, quickly hit Amazon’s Hot New Releases and captured the hearts of leaders across industries.

Donna Sneeringer, MPA

Donna Sneeringer is Director of Government Relations at the Child Care Resource Center

Donna Sneeringer, MPA

Director of Government Relations at CCRC

Donna Sneeringer is Director of Government Relations for the Child Care Resource Center and provides Government Relations support to both the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles and the CA State Head Start Association. Ms. Sneeringer holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Political Management from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelors Degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge.

Jacqueline Orr

Jacqueline Orr is a Consultant at NPO Solutions & Research Fellow at USC.

Jacqueline Orr

Consultant at NPO Solutions & Research Fellow at USC

Jacqueline is a researcher and consultant focused on social impact. Her work in the fields of management and entrepreneurship has been published in academic journals and distributed by Harvard Business Publishing and the Case Centre.

Wayra Schreiber

Wayra Schreiber



Wayra Schreiber was the Digital Marketing Consultant for a Swedish award-winning healthcare brand and several clients in the Entertainment Industry. She was responsible for content creation, social media marketing, PR, and online reputation management. Today she helps companies develop and execute effective and results-driven digital marketing strategies. Wayra is also a filmmaker and a Voiceover Actress featured in several latin soap operas.

Lud Schreiber

Lud Schreiber



Ludwig Schreiber is a Global Trader with over 10 years of experience doing business in multiple continents. He holds an International Marketing Specialization. As a world traveler, he became passionate about growing businesses in different cultures. With Digital Marketing, Ludwig focuses on delivering a superior brand experience for Local Businesses. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese Mandarin.

Andria Zaverl

Andria Zaverl is Research Manager at Child Care Resource Center

Andria Zaverl

Research Manager at Child Care Resource Center

Andria Zaverl has a Master's degree in Health Behavior Research and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Chapman University. She has over 9 years of experience in research and evaluation working with non-profit organizations. She has conducted numerous capacity building trainings on research and evaluation and has created various reports to funders and stakeholders using data visualization techniques to convey findings.

Patrick Stanley

Patrick Stanley is Research Manager at the Child Care Resource Center

Patrick Stanley

Research Manager at the Child Care Resource Center

Patrick Stanley loves to help others do their jobs better & more effectively - he has worked to build the capacity of individuals & organizations across public health, early childhood, and private sectors in research, evaluation, organizational development, and technology. He graduated from Claremont Graduate University with a M.A. in Psychology and has since developed and implemented countless surveys utilizing research-based survey design to get the most value out of each, and has taught various groups how to do the same.

Stephanie Cortez

Stephanie Cortez is Research Analyst I at the Child Care Resource Center

Stephanie Cortez

Research Analyst I at the Child Care Resource Center

Stephanie Cortez’s experience in program implementation and support within the agency has played an integral role in her current position in the Research Division. She earned a BA in Sociology with emphasis on social work and society from CSUN and studied child development to obtain her AA from LA Mission College. She’s worked in numerous data driven projects using various data visualization platforms to deliver informative and visually pleasing and engaging reports.

Francisco Solis

Francisco is a GIS Analyst at the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC)

Francisco Solis

GIS Analyst at the Child Care Resource Center

Francisco is a GIS Analyst at the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC). He creates maps about children & child care providers, including suitability maps for CCRC leadership to make informed decisions and online maps to share data publicly. He has presented and taught people how to use GIS and how it can be applied to their work. Prior to his work at CCRC, he presented a demographic profile to the board members of the Rose Park Neighborhood Association in Long Beach.

Ben Patwa

Sales & Leadership Keynote Speaker. Corporate Consultant and creator of Journey-Based Selling™

Ben Patwa

Sales & Leadership Keynote Speaker. Corporate Consultant and creator of Journey-Based Selling™

Ben is a sought after Keynote Speaker on Journey-Based Selling & Values-Driven Communication. His sales and communication training has helped clients increase sales by over 30% and have combined earnings of $134B+. His signature Spark the Stage training has helped accelerate the exposure of hundreds of conference speakers and 40 TEDx Talks.

Pete Weldy

Pete Weldy serves as the Public Policy Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Pete Weldy

Public Policy Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Pete Weldy serves as the Public Policy Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In this position Pete focuses on building strategic relationships with external partners including business, labor, government and nonprofits to galvanize support for expanding high-quality early learning experiences for children. He also leads the Choose Children 2018 campaign, which sought to make early childhood policies and investments a top priority for California's next governor.

Genein Letford

Genein Letford is Award winning speaker, creative consultant and the founder of Alumni360 and the EntreArts Program

Genein Letford

Award winning speaker, creative consultant and the founder of Alumni360 and the EntreArts Program

Genein is a leading voice in the areas of creative and financial literacy. She is a creative arts lecturer at CSUN and has taught music and the creative arts for almost fifteen years. In 2017, she launched EntreArts, an entrepreneurship camp that combines creativity training with business training for low income youth. She enjoys assisting individuals and organizations restore their creative core abilities to prepare for the ‘future of work’.

Zack Schuler

Zack Schuler is Founder & CEO of NINJIO

Zack Schuler

Zack Schuler is Founder & CEO of NINJIO

Zack Schuler is an entrepreneur who has been in the technology space for over 20 years. Zack started his first business (Cal Net Technology Group) when he was 21 years old, as a one-man network engineer going from business to business, assisting them with their technology. Over the next 18 years Zack grew Cal Net to almost 100 employees producing close to $20M in annual revenue. Knowing that there was more in store for Zack, he sold Cal Net in October of 2013 to a Private Equity Firm.

Michael Olenick, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Olenick is President & CEO of the Child Care Resource Center

Michael Olenick, Ph.D.

President & CEO of the Child Care Resource Center

Dr. Michael Olenick oversees all programs, projects, and services provided to over 50,000 children and families each month across 22,500 square miles. For more than three decades, Michael has served on numerous boards and committees at the county, state and national level. He is a member of the Speaker of the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education, and was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three, the nation’s premier voice for babies.

Ellen Cervantes, MSW

Ellen Cervantes is the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Child Care Resource Center

Ellen Cervantes, MSW

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Child Care Resource Center

Ellen Cervantes began working at CCRC in 2002 when the agency had three contracts and about 400 staff. Her question is always “what else can we do for children and families?” Over the years those programs have grown, adding additional services, contracts, regions and staff to where CCRC serves northern Los Angeles County and all of San Bernardino County with nearly 1,000 staff. Ellen believes her purpose in life is to make the world a better place, and she chooses to do so by strengthening families while innovating how it’s done.

Ben Kasica

Ben Kasica is CEO & Executive Producer at SkiesFall

Ben Kasica

CEO & Executive Producer at SkiesFall

A St. Louis native, Ben started his career very young as the lead guitarist for the rock band Skillet (Atlantic Records) for 10 years. During his time with the band, Skillet sold over 3 million records, was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, won a Dove Award and scored numerous #1 radio singles. He has worked with world-renown producers and has created content for artists, brands and celebrities around the globe – including those such as Intel, GE Healthcare, Target, Chick-Fil-A, MTV, Word Records, Mary Kay, United Way, International Justice Mission, Yoobi and many more. Ben’s passion lies in creating media that inspires, engages and shakes culture for good.

Caitlyn Kasica

Caitlyn Kasica is Producer + Talent Strategist at Skies Fall

Caitlyn Kasica

Producer + Talent Strategist at Skies Fall

From the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, Caitlyn now lives in Los Angeles as a co-owner of Skies Fall Media and a consultant to other businesses regarding their strategic partnerships and marketing efforts. Her eclectic background resides in the areas of luxury events, non-profits, talent + culture strategy, recruitment and business development which has led her to an overall career in the field of marketing. Some of her favorite projects have included those with GE Healthcare, Titus Talent Strategies, Intel, International Justice Mission, Kingdom Studios Entertainment and Yoobi. She is passionate about using media to inspire others while providing opportunities and influencing the next generation.

Pegi Matsuda

Pegi Matsuda is Founder of Pegi Matsuda Consulting, LLC

Pegi Matsuda

Founder of Pegi Matsuda Consulting, LLC

Pegi is an enthusiastic business and community leader with 30+ years of experience during times of significant industry challenge. She’s led change in several industries including telecommunications, natural gas, publishing, a membership organization and health care. Pegi holds an MA in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University, a BS in Human Relations & Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from CFRE International.

Quinn Banks

Sr. Technical Product Manager – Mobile at Ring

Quinn Banksn

Sr. Technical Product Manager – Mobile at Ring

Quinn is dedicated to discovering and developing digital technologies which provide the best experience for mobile app users. His experience provides him with unique insights into how implementation of new technologies can increase customer adoption and end user satisfaction. This has led to a mobile first transformation within his company which has improved customer experience through the delivery of a constantly evolving mobile app experience.

John Bwarie

John Bwarie is Founder & CEO of Stratiscope

John Bwarie

Founder & CEO of Stratiscope

Through his company, Stratiscope, John leverages community intelligence to advance the goals of businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. He launches initiatives that engage millions, including the Great ShakeOut and Clean Air Day, develops and executes engagement programs that span sectors, and works with communities to develop their resilience to natural disasters. He advises executives, scientists, elected officials, and board members on the power and necessity of community.

Krischa Esquivel

Krischa Esquivel



Krischa has 22+ years of experience managing and leading non-profit programs. Her expertise on non-traditional parenting and leadership development, has led to keynote presentations, a number of podcast guest spots, and she recently completed a TedX talk on Treating Our Children Better. Krischa works with other professionals to publish a college textbook for the California Junior Colleges on Diversity & Inclusion for all Early Care and Education students and sits on the Board of Directors for a charter school in the San Fernando Valley.

Henry Gascon

Henry Gascon is Director, Program and Policy Development at United Ways of California

Henry Gascon

Director, Program and Policy Development at United Ways of California

Mr. Gascon conducts policy research and analysis, leads communication strategies and assists with organizational operations. He is a co-author of Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015 which introduces a new poverty measure that conveys the true cost of living in California's communities and promotes the Human Development Index. Previously, he was a Policy Analyst at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the Director of NPower Los Angeles.

Amy Malin

Amy Malin is Partner at Trueheart

Amy Malin

Partner at Trueheart

Social entrepreneur Amy Malin has worked at the intersection of Hollywood and philanthropy. Her expertise is in connecting celebrities with deserving non-profits to raise millions of dollars for their noble causes (such as children’s healthcare, disaster relief, female empowerment), and creating global media campaigns that shine a spotlight on their wonderful work. Trueheart is a full-service creative agency specializing in the production of exceptional events, talent engagement, public relations campaigns, social impact streams and digital content. She has worked with clients including, Children’s Hospital LA, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Coca-Cola, and more!

Arthur Rieman

Arthur Rieman is Attorney at Law at The Lawfirm For Non-Profits

Arthur Rieman

Attorney at Law at The Lawfirm For Non-Profits

Arthur Rieman is managing attorney of The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C., a business law boutique firm that exclusively serves nonprofits, their boards and donors. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the firm focuses on the myriad, unique laws that control everything nonprofits do. Arthur has been working with nonprofits for 30 years, the last 20 full time, and is an expert witness on matters involving nonprofit director fiduciary duty. During that time, he has formed and obtained exemption for about 1,000 nonprofits.